Shiny Floors Make Me Happy!

Our house has hardwood floors in the kitchen.

To be more precise, it has engineered hardwoods that are uneven, worn, scratched, and discolored.  You can see some of the messed up boards above- the finish is wearing unevenly.

I love shiny floors but I never could get more than a glimmer on the kitchen floor, no matter what I tried.  I even tried a bottle of commercial floor shine, which wore off after a few weeks and made a bigger mess.

I dreamed of getting a steam mop, but my floors are too damaged for those.

Then I discovered how to clean wood floors that natural, thrifty way.


My floors tend to get pretty dirty, so I usually mop first with hot water and a splash of vinegar.  Wring out your mop well- hardwoods hate water.

Make a pot of very strong tea.  I boil a quart of water in a pot and add four tea bags.  You just need the regular, cheap, get-100-for-two-bucks kind.

I use my sink as a mop bucket.

The trick is to mop with the grain of the wood while the tea is still very hot.  See the steam in the above picture?  HOT.  For extra gloss and conditioning if you have scuffed or otherwise unsealed hardwood, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil to the tea.

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  • Julie Bagamary May 16, 2012, 5:46 am

    Sounds interesting. Wonder if would work for Pergo flooring.

  • Elise May 16, 2012, 8:37 am

    How cool! Definitely going to have to try it! :)

  • Nicki Woo May 17, 2012, 5:31 am

    I love tea! I use it for a million home remedies, including sore nipples during breastfeeding, but I’ve never heard of this! Love it.

    Now. . . I just need hardwood floors. I’m working on that:)

  • Renee May 23, 2012, 10:18 pm

    You have impeccable timing. I was just talking to my husband this evening because I do not know of any products that can get our engineered wood looking good. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

  • Amy February 15, 2013, 1:29 pm

    What am I doing wrong. Did just as you said and my floors still look dull :(

  • Lea Ann @ Mommy's Wish List April 11, 2013, 8:50 pm

    So if my hardwoods are GREEN, I wonder if I should do this but with green tea? Totally trying it.

  • Laura May 20, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Hi,can you use this on light hardwood floors? Thanks

  • Lorraine May 30, 2013, 8:55 am

    I just tried this on my light colored hardwood floors, looks great!


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